Authorizes the town of New Salem, in the county of Westchester, to establish maximum speed limits on town highways at less than the statutory limits.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to authorizing the town of North Salem, in the county of Westchester, to regulate speed limits on town highways
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Provides for the Town of North Salem, County of Westchester, to control the speed limits on town highways.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1: The first undesignated paragraph of section 1662-a of the Vehicle and Traffic Law is designated subdivision 1 and a new subdivision 2 is added to provide that the town board of North Salem may establish speed limits on town highways in such town, other than state or county highways maintained by the state or county department of transportation. No such speed limit shall be established at less than twenty-five miles per hour, except for school zone speed limits, which may be established at not less than fifteen miles per hour.
The purpose of this legislation is to provide the Town of North Salem the authority to lower speed limits at their discretion on town roads. Town officials are familiar with local roads, conditions, and safety concerns of their citizens, and are thus well-positioned to set speed limits on town roads.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is a new bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
None to the State.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6833 IN SENATE March 28, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. BALL -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to authorizing the town of North Salem, in the county of Westchester, to regulate speed limits on town highways THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The opening paragraph of section 1662-a of the vehicle and traffic law is designated subdivision 1 and a new subdivision 2 is added to read as follows: 2. THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NORTH SALEM, IN THE COUNTY OF WEST- CHESTER, MAY BY LOCAL LAW ESTABLISH MAXIMUM SPEED LIMITS AT WHICH VEHI- CLES MAY PROCEED ON OR ALONG TOWN HIGHWAYS IN SUCH TOWN, OTHER THAN STATE OR COUNTY HIGHWAYS MAINTAINED BY THE STATE OR COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, LOWER THAN THE FIFTY-FIVE MILES PER HOUR STATUTORY MAXI- MUM SPEED LIMIT. NO SUCH SPEED LIMIT APPLICABLE ON OR ALONG SUCH DESIG- NATED HIGHWAYS WITHIN SUCH TOWN SHALL BE ESTABLISHED AT LESS THAN TWEN- TY-FIVE MILES PER HOUR, EXCEPT THAT SCHOOL SPEED LIMITS MAY BE ESTABLISHED AT NOT LESS THAN FIFTEEN MILES PER HOUR, FOR A DISTANCE NOT TO EXCEED ONE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED TWENTY FEET, ON A HIGHWAY PASSING A SCHOOL BUILDING, ENTRANCE OR EXIT OF A SCHOOL ABUTTING ON THE HIGHWAY. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09131-02-2